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The Black Pearl Comes to Life

   by Kimberly Dang and Son for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Carribean

How It Was Built:
(1) The thick assorted hardwood was cut into pieces to add stability internally and for the external layouts of the ship. These pieces were hot-glued to the oak plywood.
(2) The thin assorted hardwood was burned on one side by a lighter to make easy for bending. This piece goes at the side front of the ship. Other thin hardwood pieces completed the exterior sides of the ship as well as the rails and the stairs. A tool device that is used to melt metal (such as copper wire) is used to draw window sills on the sides of the ship.
(3) Wooden dowel ends were cut by a razor blade then smoothed by sand paper to create the gradual ascending thickness look of the posts.
(4) The canvas cloth was cut out into the sails and the flag. These cut outs were then painted by water color paint and dipped in water to lessen the harshness of the paint and to add the appearance of discoloration effect. A seam ripper was used to create the ripping on the sails.
(5) The threads of the canvas cloth were separated and were also painted and dipped into water. These are used to create the appearance of ropes that hung from the sails. To attach them to the sails and the post, a needle was used to sew the threads to the sails.
(6) Steel wire was cut by pliers into “rods” and loops. The “rods” were used to add strength and hold up the sails to the posts while the loops were used to hook the sails onto the rods.
(7) Some Chavant modeling clay was used to fill in the gaps on the ship. The rest of the clay was melted in a stove pot and was poured on aluminum foil on a flat surface to achieve a thin layer of the clay. The clay was broken up into small pieces, stacked on top of each other and covered the floor of the oak plywood. Flat-ended tools with the application of pressure was used to smooth out the clay to construct the waves of the ocean. Acrylic paint was used to paint the waters.
(8) The curved structures at the front of the ship were created by cutting out cardboard pieces from the cardboard kit box. Finally, the entire ship was painted by acrylic colors.
(9) Acrylic paint was also used to paint the background on the canvas board and then it was hot glued to the oak plywood.

Materials Used:
Assorted Hardwoods
Canvas Board
Canvas Cloth
Cardboard Kit Box
Chavant Modeling Clay (1 Ib.)
Glue Bottle
Glue Stick
Oak Plywood
Steel Wire
Wooden Dowels (3)

The concept of project is this: Imagine that we are looking at a painting, and all of a sudden we see the Black Pearl inside the painting and the waters begin to emerge through the painting--thus, we have the ship coming to life.

A block and a blue tape on the oak plywood may be seen at the beginning of the video. This was used to add stability to the canvas board as it stood against the plywood with the addition of books stationed behind the canvas--this was when we didn't glue the canvas board to the plywood just yet. During the making of this project, we did not incorporate any blocks or tape for that matter in this project.

The concept of project is this: Imagine that we are looking at a painting, and all of a sudden we see the Black Pearl inside the painting and the waters begin to emerge through the painting--thus, we have the ship coming to life.

A block and a blue tape on the oak plywood may be seen at the beginning of the video. This was used to add stability to the canvas board as it stood against the plywood with the addition of books stationed behind the canvas--this was when we didn't glue the canvas board to the plywood just yet. During the making of this project, we did not incorporate any blocks or tape for that matter in this project.

Also, there is no music on the video so don't expect any sound!

 


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